2016 confirmed as hottest year on record

The Times has since corrected its story

The Times has since corrected its story

The New York Times reported those findings earlier this week. Federal policies that determine the use of Federal Emergency Management funding and the laws that are set regarding industries with high carbon emissions will no doubt be affect by the position the Trump administration takes regarding climate change. The third order draft, which the Times had falsely hyped as an exclusive of unpublished material, has been publicly available since January on the Internet Archive.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), each of the last three years has set a new temperature record, and 11 of the 12 hottest years on record have occurred since 2003. The Environmental Defense Fund made a number of absurd accusations based on the Times article, tweeting that "someone leaked a major federal climate change report before Trump and Pruitt can cook the books".

The report also included a graphic (click image for version) that highlighted the impact such metrics had throughout the globe, from severe wildfires in Canada to sweltering heat in India.

A final draft of the assessment was posted online by the New York Times, which reported that scientists are anxious the Trump Administration might try to change or suppress it.

The Trump administration has leaked persistently since the president's inauguration, and Senate report published in June put the rate of leaks at an average of one per day. Al Gore tweeted, "I call on the Trump Administration to make this inconvenient report public".

In a statement, Smith argued the "alarmist media is at it again" and tried to one-up the thousands of studies referred to in the report, suggesting he knows better than the tens of thousands of scientists who wrote them.

But the annual report released Thursday by NOAA and other agencies including the American Meteorological Society documented a series of other alarming statistics and records.

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The global average sea level was also the highest on record, 3.25 inches above 1993, when satellite records began, the report found. As economies expand, they emit more planet-warming carbon dioxide into the air. It found an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather, and warming in the Arctic at twice the rate of the global average - a phenomenon that could impact sea levels, the weather and other patterns in the lower 48 states. Trump announced his plan to withdraw on June 1.

A study released last month by the Union of Concerned Scientists said dozens of USA cities may face chronic flooding over the next few decades if global warming is not mitigated.

The so-far unreleased 545-page Climate Science Special Report has been approved by the National Academy of Sciences.

Local officials aren't the only ones trying to cope with the effects of climate change.

Richard Alley, another Penn State geosciences professor and expert on the Earth's cryosphere, noted Smith was correct the report was a draft finished some time ago, so it could not include "the absolutely most recent data".

The Times originally claimed they had "exclusively obtained" the report - presumably through a government leaker - and were the first to report on it.

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